The concert ukulele first appeared in the 1920s. In fact, it appeared alongside the tenor ukulele so they are much the same in the way that they work. Up until this point, people really only had access to the soprano ukulele. Even if you changed up the tuning on the soprano ukulele, the sound would never be as full as you would want which would really hamper play.
Because the concert and tenor ukulele are very similar in their sizes and the way that they play, much of the information that you find on this page can be attributed to both. Although, if you do wish for dedicated information on the tenor ukulele then I suggest that you hop on over to the relevant page on my website.
The concert ukulele has a 15” scale. This is 2” shorter than the tenor (that is 15” for those who do not do match) and a couple of inches longer than the scale on the soprano.
One of the major benefits of having the longer scale on the concert ukulele (in comparison to the soprano ukulele) is the fact that the frets are a bit further apart. If you have larger fingers, as most adults do, then you will find it far easier for you to form the chords and the sounds that you want. Basically, you will find that the fingers will be tripping over one another far less which will make it easier for you to pump out the sounds that you want.
As I mentioned at the start, most people are going to opt for a concert ukulele as it is going to produce a fuller and thicker sound. If you are looking for ‘more’ of the following, then this is always going to be the best route to go down:
As the name probably suggests, this is the route to go down if you want to perform. You will love the sound a ton.
The Differences Between a Concert Ukulele and Tenor Ukulele
Since the two are often lumped into the same category, it is probably worth considering the differences between the two. This will help you to make the right purchasing decision:
- The concert ukulele is going to be easier to play if you have smaller hands. This is because the frets are far closer together.
- The sound of the tenor ukulele is probably going to sound fuller and richer.
- Concert ukuleles are going to be far cheaper. Often 15% cheaper.
To be honest, beyond this you probably will notice very little in the way of difference. Unless you have a very good ear (and most people do not), then you probably would not even notice a difference in the ‘thickness’ of the sound between the two. So, it is really going to be a case of how your hands are. If they are small, go for a concert. If they are large, go for a tenor. Simple as that.